I had the great honour of seeing both sides of last week when I was invited to be both the venue dresser and a guest at the wedding of Mike & Lyndzey Smissen. Mike and Lyndzey have been friends of my family for many years and so when I heard they were engaged I was of course going to offer my services to them. I was delighted when they took me up on that offer.
From the beginning the couple had a definite idea of what they wanted their wedding to look like. They wanted a rustic feel, and this fed through right from the invitation to the day. We arrived at the church and were given a gorgeous Order of Service.
I’ve not seen one like this before, and I love that they stepped away from the traditional. The pages contained the order of the service, and also pages with the words to the hymns. I think this was a nice balance between novel and personal, and still respectful to the church.
The service was so lovely. It was emotional and had plenty of humour (on the groom’s part mainly…… typical Mike!).
The wedding breakfast was held at Lyde Court, Hereford, and what a stunning venue it made for their reception. The big renovated barn fitted perfectly with their theme, and the grounds were perfect for a summer’s day.
We were greeted by this table plan which was lovingly planted by the bride’s dad. I love the detail in this and the fact that they had the box branded to their wedding.
Lyndzey wanted rustic, natural centrepieces on her tables. She loved the idea of logs, candles, and flowers to match her bouquet. Along with Kat from Bamboo- The Flower Gallery we put together centrepieces to match this and we think they were just perfect in the surroundings. The flowers comprised of roses, hydrangea and gypsophila, all in white. The votive candle holders were subtle against the wood, and the lanterns gave the vintage feel to the set up. In the evening the candles were stunning when combined with the rest of the candles around the barn. The bride also wanted hanging lanterns, which we were happy to provide for her, and I think you’ll agree they really finished the room off.
Personal touches were everywhere. The favours were coffee beans, relevant to the groom. The fingerprint poster included a camper van, which the groom loves. There was a sign from Anne Farrell Designs with a hashtag specifically for the wedding day. Some of the guests (yes, myself included) had some fun with little army figures too. With Mike having been in the army for many years we thought we’d have a little fun and try to get lots of little army men into our photos without the couple noticing. We even got the photographer in on the fun! The bride and groom were amazing fun and saw the funny side when they discovered we’d popped a few little army men in their top table flowers too.
The food was fabulous and of course after the food came the speeches. Well who doesn’t like a speech or two at a wedding?! Every single one made us laugh and made us cry. These were by far the most emotional speeches I’ve had the pleasure of listening to, and I share here with you the absolutely best speech I’ve seen in a long time. The best man giving this speech was incredibly nervous but gave a stellar performance. Please watch ladies and gents, you won’t be disappointed!
So what was left to do for the rest of the day but enjoy the entertainment. Fairground games, a bouncy castle, and a fantastic DJ were there for the afternoon and evening. Apparently bouncy castles aren’t just for children…..
What a day. All that remains for me to say is thank you to the brand new Mr & Mrs Smissen for the pleasure of both decorating and attending their wedding. A very memorable and beautiful day.
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